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shady front garden

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:03

Underplanting with Astilbies and Huecheras woukd help keep weeds etc at bay, also pitelarias (think I spelt that wron) a climbing hydrangea is best in a shady space

Autumn Perennials

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 11:52

I have had great shows from perennial sweetpeas, many colours to be had and some excellent height at the back of borders, easy to keep and propagate.

Dahlias also give good flowering up to the first frosts, but do need a bit of attention ie lifting if in a hard winter area.

Good luck


Posted: 20/07/2013 at 11:13

Thankyou all kindly, 

I have in the past grown some of my own veg,(just the basics)but due to an unfortunate accident I am now no longer able to work, so at last I can indulge my passion and have a go growing more varieties that need attention.i only have a small garden now,(micro size so lots of pots and raised beds)but have managed to have a go at the three sisters in a small raised bed and so far they are doing wonderfull,(except the courgettes-hence my concern).

KEF- i have had my first tomato,(delicousl) so there you go,swings and roundabouts hehe,and i will persist with the cucumbers, how could I not with the promise of such delights.Thanks again all.



Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:01

Thank you both for your replies, i not only found it usefull but highly amusing.

Waterbutts:- I will probably go down this route, as cucumbers etc are half price during the summer months anyway!!!, but I can tell you have had lots of experience.


I have been out and done as you sugtgested, (hope it wasn't to painfull on the plant), and fingers crossed ---- thanks again (this is my first time on the forum but think I will be on again thanks to your kind replies.



Posted: 19/07/2013 at 11:47

This is the first time I have grown these, the plants are doing wonderful with masses of flowers but they all appear to be male, (I bought what I thought was self polinating-I have grown them from seed).

I have tried polinating by hand but what fruit I get just turns yelow and drops off.

i have watered and fed as needed but to no avail.Can anyone help ne please

Can someone please tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 11:47

I agrre -  a eurphorbia lathyris - best planted at the back of a bed, as they will then grow up to 10-12 feet, and when the seed head bursts they make a wonderfull popping sound but can be prolific self seeders, but i love them.

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